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Rep. Benjamin Biggs

Former Representative for Delaware’s At-Large District

Biggs was the representative for Delaware’s at-large district and was a Democrat. He served from 1869 to 1873.

Legislators who enslaved Black people

Biggs was among more than 1,800 legislators who enslaved Black people. The Washington Post compiled the first database of slaveholding members of Congress by examining thousands of pages of census records and historical documents. Biggs was one of them.

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Mar 1869 to Mar 1873, Biggs missed 346 of 1,151 roll call votes, which is 30.1%. This is worse than the median of 24.6% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1873. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

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